Hello Theresa, This is Ed. My responses to your comments are in the bold italic type.Hi there. I'm Theresa Mitchell.
Well, Ben and Ed, change is hard, isn't it?
I’ll answer this at the very end of my reply.It seems that the old policies and the collective protocols work well enough to (a) run KBOO for 45 years and (b) defeat the corporatization faction handily. For a bunch of "fools" we seem to be acting rather decisively. Hadrian was removed for using bogus technicalities to attempt to bring down (what he hoped would be) expensive and devastating enforcement against KBOO. But you can't be a whistleblower if there is no infraction committed, can you? No, you can in that case only be a malevolent saboteur.
The old policies as existed before the strategic plan are the result of over 45 years of fiddling round and adding, modifying, etc. The station did not run for 45 years on the policies as existed at the end of 2012. Yes, the current board acted decisively. As to Hadrian’s actions, I don’t think you or the board have a clue, but I won’t attempt to speak for him. My prior comments about the potential consequences of removing a director rather than simply ignore him stand.As for union negotiations, they can be conducted by the Board or by anyone designated by the Board for that purpose. The negotiations will not be difficult nor lengthy, as the parties are now in agreement. Details will be worked out collaboratively (and cheaply).
Of course. That’s the entire point of what’s happened in the last several months, so far as I can tell. The board was stacked by the staff and long time insiders, the board and the staff are essentially one. I can easily understand why for you that’s no problem, as you’re in a relationship with a long time staff member. Yes the negotiations will be quick and cheap in the short run. But in the long run serious questions about the legality of the staff controlling the board during negotiations, and the long term contract cost to KBOO, this could be very expensive.There will be no further attempts at "reorganization," that reprehensible business practice in which the entire Staff is "laid off" so that they can beg for their jobs in competition with new applicants. That's a common practice of intimidation in the capitalist business world, but it isn't going to fly here again. It was thwarted in April, and now we at KBOO are making sure it's history. Too bad for the citizens of the US that they think that sort of abuse is 'normal.' If that means Lynn feels "demoted," so be it. Community radio means treating Staff like community, and common business practices be damned.
I’d like to see examples of other socially responsible non-profits who needed to reduce expenses have used the layoff and re-hire method to successfully keep the best staff and reorganize the remaining job descriptions . But by writing this statement you acknowledge that you and your friends will do ANYTHING to prevent any layoffs or re-organization of staff. That’s putting the short term interests of the existing staff ahead of the long term interests of KBOO as a whole. That’s not how to ensure the survival of KBOO. I’m curious to see if the unionization of the staff eventually makes it easier to hire and fire, as I don’t believe the union can enter into an illegal agreement with KBOO. The old rules are not in compliance with Federal and State law, and the staff has brought the NRLB into the mix. Should be interesting to watch what comes next.
And now you brazenly acknowledge Lynn might actually be demoted. Your lack of interest in common (necessary and legally required for a non-profit) business practices is already well documented. Heaven forbid KBOO have Strategic Planning, budgeting, controls over who has authority to spend KBOO funds, management, etc.As for Thom Hartmann, although I am very sympathetic to the thousands who would like to hear him on KBOO, it is necessary to know that the proposal to erase 15 weekly hours of afternoon programming with a non-local show would displace more than a dozen programmers who contribute to the diverse sound of KBOO.
Thom has great broadcasts, though, and I would love to see him on for an hour per week day, displacing the second broadcast of Democracy Now. That way, non-local would be displaced by non-local. I think that Thom is too close to the Democratic Party, but there could be room for his views anyway. A fifteen hour block would be excessive, though. No one gets that sort of air time--and for a reason. There are only 24 hours per day, and we are committed to diversity.
So nice to see you agree with my plan. I took it on myself to research what the possible parameters of the Hartmann proposal could be. I researched what was possible by talking with Lynn (heaven forbid someone actually would talk with her) and was the first person in the conversation to propose that Hartmann could be accommodated in this way, in a comment on the KBOO website the morning of June 22nd. So nice to see you and so many others coming round to my proposal. And so sorry that you and your friends are so fundamentally scared of Democrats participating in Community Radio, but that’s another matter for another day.We will now proceed to build a larger, more visible, economically flush KBOO--and we'll do it with the methods that have always worked well, even through the Re-Depression. And one more thing: Our reserves were built up after I and others on the 1995-1998 Board saw that CPB was setting itself up to exclude small community radio. We set our budget to run without CPB, and then squirreled the funds away as the last few payments came in. We kept our eclectic, diverse, dissenting nature in the face of the Health Stations Project gentrification attempt, and won large bequests, which we also squirreled away.
The only flushing I hear is KBOO. Yes, the CPB funding is not coming back. And yes, KBOO has been the recipient of several large bequests from some estates. But long time board members and former managers have for years understood that KBOO has been in a continual deficit, burning up these reserves. Perhaps your financial plan is to wait for more benefactors to pass away? Or to keep milking the same dwindling membership? The warnings of former board members, former staff and managers are being ignored in this desperate attempt to avoid any layoffs. It’s irresponsible to ignore that the main funding source is listener donations. Listenership is way down, and that revenue stream is down as well.
Reserves have given KBOO the time to develop a Strategic Plan, and part of that plan was to create new governance policies and to do outreach to more people to grow listenership. It’s this multi-year process that can save KBOO from bankruptcy, not the dwindling reserves themselves. Too bad the entire process has been disrupted by a knee-jerk reaction to the concept that staff might need to be managed by heaven forbid, a manager.So you see, the reason KBOO is still here, and KPOJ is not, is that KBOO has a better, more rational business model. Watch us grow.
KPOJ was doing fine but was changed to another format. KPOJ was making money at the time, and had perhaps three to four times the listeners as KBOO. A rational KBOO would realize that if it doesn’t adjust it’s programming a small bit to accommodate other views, the demand for content like Hartmann, Wolfson, etc. will find another station (several have been asking Hartmann if they can have him rather than KBOO). KBOO could accept Hartmann’s generous offer (free) and enjoy the benefits of more audience and more revenue. Doing this might even prevent staff layoffs. But that’s too rational for our current board and staff, which you now so freely acknowledge are one and the same. And today, after reading the vitriolic commentary against Hartmann on BlueOregon and elsewhere, why would he want his good name associated with KBOO?
Yes Theresa, change is hard. Change like the Strategic Plan. Change like making KBOO relevant for the next 45 years. Change like being open to viewpoints at KBOO that differ from your own. Change is hard, but what doesn’t change and adapt will surely die.
Ed KrausTheresa Mitchell
We're not sure if Kraus actually emailed this to Glorious Leader or not. We acquired it through super sekrit means some members of the Inner Party might have trouble figuring out. But Kraus' willingness to speak to EVIL FITCH is just proof of his own untreated evilness.
Several points loyal cadre should take issue with(Or ELSE! ha ha):
1 Stacked Board: The board was stacked by the staff and long time insiders, the board and the staff are essentially one. I can easily understand why for you that’s no problem, as you’re in a relationship with a long time staff member.
Nepotism in the cause of the Revolution is nothing less than noble. How else are we going to keep a strange hold on KBOO? And where else would we get our "leaks'?
2 That Thing Again: I’d like to see examples of other socially responsible
Stop. Just STOP. We are NOT going there.
3 Alleged Illegalities : as I don’t believe the union can enter into an illegal agreement with KBOO.
Blah blah BLAH NOT LISTENING
4 More Alleged Illegalities The old rules are not in compliance with Federal and State law,
OH SAY CAN YOU SEE! BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT!
5 The Plan: So nice to see you agree with my plan.
Wait. What? We thought we were IGNORING THIS people!
6 Milking: But long time board members and former managers have for years understood that KBOO has been in a continual deficit, burning up these reserves. Perhaps your financial plan is to wait for more benefactors to pass away? Or to keep milking the same dwindling membership?
Ooh! Ooh! We know the rebuttal to this one! COWS.
Also, Mr and Mr. Sincere Friends from Nigeria and Cyprus assure us that the fees for laundering money through Inner Party donations can not only fund KBOO indefinitely, but be done through a handful of Inner Party accounts. So there!
7 Listenership : Listenership is way down, and that revenue stream is down as well.
LIES! The recent success of our flashdrive(not to be confused with a USB drive) PROVES we just need to do more milking, er, drives:
8 Hartmann, Layoffs: A rational KBOO would realize that if it doesn’t adjust it’s programming a small bit to accommodate other views, the demand for content like Hartmann, Wolfson, etc. will find another station (several have been asking Hartmann if they can have him rather than KBOO). KBOO could accept Hartmann’s generous offer (free) and enjoy the benefits of more audience and more revenue. Doing this might even prevent staff layoffs.
This is nothing more that BlueOregon's insidious propaganda in it's long term strategy to take over KBOO. Why BlueOregon would WANT to take over KBOO and it's albatross of legal and financial troubles we don't know. But we DO know we can prevent staff layoffs by getting rid of EVIL FITCH.
9 Vitriol: And today, after reading the vitriolic commentary against Hartmann on BlueOregon and elsewhere, why would he want his good name associated with KBOO?
Exactly! We've worked hard at alienating any potential DEMOCRATS from supporting KBOO financially! Nice to see Kraus acknowledge the success of this strategy. KBOO will be kept PURE of all ideological taint. Unless of course it's underwriting from Tea Party supporters. Because the Tea Party is much closer aligned with Inner Party values than the Democrats.
Um, did we write that in public?
But finally we get to the bottom of just which Dastardly Democrats are behind the Blue Oregon Hartmann Invasion.
We're informed from blog comments that Comrade Hagmeier, through a combination of repetitive badgering and confirmation bias, has exposed
Right you are Comrade! Why Glorious Leader herself made a petition to Stephen Conser earlier this year to terminate Bullard Law, a firm suggested by KBOO's own lawyers. (Time to start a petition to terminate Sussman Shank LLP?)
Even though it only got 268 votes, Bullard Law is HISTORY. So no wonder the Inner party is shitting it's pants over a petition to KBOO with over 4,000 votes! Those numbers alone show that Hartmann is coming to KBOO and NOTHING can stop it.
Except if the Inner Party ignore it.
Fortunately BlueOregon isn't a close personal friend of Conser or even address it to him. Otherwise who knows what would have happened by now!
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